Hello! I'm Chris. Here are the top 10
reasons for failing a UK driving test. With information provided by the
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. At number 10. Not keeping control
of the car during reverse parking. During your driving test, you might
get asked to do reverse bay parking or parallel parking. Common serious
faults include bumping up on the kerb. Or finishing too far from the kerb. Finishing out of a bay in the car park,
not within the lines. Too many attempts to reposition your parallel parking or bay
parking would also be a serious fault. Number nine. Not having control of the car when
Reasons for failing here include rolling back towards another road user when
doing a hill start or just rolling back too much. Repeatedly moving off with
the parking brake still on. Too many times trying to
move off in the wrong gear. You can also fail your test for
stalling. If you persistently do it or if you're affecting other road users. Not responding correctly to traffic signs.
Examples of faults here include not noticing a give-way sign or stop sign and of
course not stopping when you should. Ignoring a no entry sign. Driving in bus lanes when the sign
shows that you're not allowed. Number seven. Poor positioning on
the road during normal driving. Common faults here include repeatedly
driving too close to the kerb or even hitting it.
Repeatedly driving too
close to the centre of the road for no reason, putting yourself and oncoming
road users in danger. Not driving in a bus lane when you're allowed
and it's safe and convenient to use it. Straightening a roundabout when going ahead. Which means not keeping left on the roundabout
unless road markings or signs say otherwise. If you don't keep in the correct
position on a roundabout then you might get in the way of other
road users who are next to you. Number six. Not responding
appropriately to traffic lights. Examples of faults here are not stopping at an
amber traffic light when it was safe to do so. Always be ready for this, especially if the
traffic light has been green for a while. Not going when it's green or
there's a green filter arrow on, it's safe to go but you haven't
moved when you should have. Always keep alert, even when
you're waiting at traffic lights. It's very easy to lose concentration and zone
out when you're waiting, but keep focused. Stopping after the first white
line in the area for cyclists.
Number five. Not moving off safely. Repeatedly
not checking the mirrors and not properly checking the blind spot before moving off
are common reasons for getting faults here. Not reacting correctly to what
is in the mirrors and blind spot will result in a driving test fail. If you
move off and cause someone else to slow down stop or swerve then there's a good chance
that you'll fail your driving test. Don't forget to look ahead before moving
off too. Maybe a pedestrian is crossing in front of you or there's oncoming traffic coming
over your side of the road and it will be safer to wait but make sure you check all around again,
including the blind spot before moving off. Always keep up to date with what's around you.
Other examples of faults which could start off being a driving fault or a minor as they're
commonly called or more serious, include… not signalling when moving off when necessary
or not cancelling it after you've moved off. You would get a serious fault for not observing
all around after doing an emergency stop including the blind spot on the left, all
the mirrors and the blind spot on the right. Number four.
when turning right at junctions. It's really important to get in a
correct position when turning right. Position just left of the centre line and if
the road's wide enough, this will help others get past you. But don't move too far to the
right or you'll get in the way of oncoming. Use any space that's for you,
again to help others get past. Line up properly and don't stop too early. If you
stop too early then other road users might think you're letting them out and then there's going
to be possible confusion who's going to go next which could be dangerous.
This also applies
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in the description. Anyway let's get back to it Number three. Not having
proper control of the steering. Here are some examples of faults in this category.
Repeatedly not steering smoothly. Hitting the kerb with any wheel when you turn into or out of
a road. Swinging out too wide when turning. Swinging out after emerging right. And driving with no hands on the steering wheel.
Of course the examiner will be expecting you to be in control of the car at all times
and steering plays a big part in this.
For safety, keep both hands on the
steering wheel unless using a control. Number two. Not using mirrors correctly when
changing direction. It's important to know what's around you. Anytime you change direction or
turn, make sure it's safe first by checking your mirrors. If you're going to turn to the right,
check the interior mirror, then right mirror. Turning left, check the interior
mirror, then the left mirror. Check the mirrors towards
where you're going to turn. On your driving test you might start off
getting driving faults for not checking mirrors. But if you keep forgetting to check the mirrors or
you turn and affect another road user who's close to you then you will fail your driving test.
And at number one, the most common reason for failing a UK driving test is… well you might
think it's a complex manoeuvre but we've already had reverse parking at number 10.
not making effective observations at junctions. Just not looking properly. It's also one
of the biggest causes of accidents too. Examples of faults here include not looking left
when you're emerging left out of a minor road. Make sure that you not only
look to the right but also look left for any pedestrians, parked
vehicles or other possible hazards. Not recognizing that you have to give way and
observe too late once you've already emerged out or not observing at all. I guess it really goes without saying
but just make sure you observe properly and especially look out for cyclists
and motorcyclists who are harder to see. And that was the top 10 reasons for
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